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Washington State Votes to Label GMO Foods

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On November 5, residents of Washington State voted on a law to label genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically engineered (GE) foods.  It will take a few more days before we know the results, but regardless of the vote tally we are winning the very tough battle against the chemical and junk food companies.

I want to personally thank everyone in Washington State who cast their vote for the people's initiative 522, "The People's Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act"  and those who actually helped in the campaign.

The momentum gained is a remarkable victory in itself, achieved in the face of enormous resistance from multi-billion dollar food and biotech corporations-which, by the way, tried to hide their identities from voters by laundering their campaign donations through a "brand defense" account created by the Grocery Manufacturers Association of America (GMA).

It didn't work, however. The GMA was sued by the state Attorney General for violating the state's campaign disclosure laws, and within days, the identities of the companies paying to defeat I-522 were released.

Not surprisingly, the list contained the usual suspects. Pepsi, Coke, and Nestle-authorities of junk food and primary purveyors of chronic disease-were the top funders trying to hide their stance to avoid backlash from the customers they deceive.

'Victory Gardens'-A Step Toward Fixing a Broken System

One of my most consistent messages through the years has been that, in order to take control of your health, you need to address your diet. Processed foods are one of the primary drivers of chronic disease, so switching from processed foods to natural (ideally organic) whole foods is the first step.    


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